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Gothenburg, Sweden (1996 – present)

Carbon Based Lifeforms (also known as CBL) is an music duo made up of Johannes Hedberg and Daniel Segerstad (born Ringström), both born in 1976 and based in Göteborg, Sweden. They met at the age of 15 and are still working together, almost 20 years later. CBL itself was formed in 1996, as an offshoot from other projects, but soon became their focal point, culminating in their first release on in 1998.

It is hard to categorise CBL’s music but the best description might be that of a groundbreaking mixture of , and music. The term / has also been coined.

CBL signed with the celebrated Lyon-based Ultimae Records in 2002 and have since released five full-length albums (Hydroponic Garden in 2003, World of Sleepers in 2006, Interloper in 2010, VLA and Twentythree in 2011) and an EP (Irdial in 2008). All releases have been extraordinarily well received by connoisseurs within the ambient scene.

Additionally they have actively participated in successful collaborations with several artists, including Magnus Birgersson of Solar Fields in a project to compose the music for the Swedish dancer Olof Persson’s “Fusion” performance in 1999.

Johannes often creates the building blocks of sounds and harmonies and could tweak sounds forever, whereas Daniel develops the rhythms and sculpts the ideas into tracks. It remains unclear which of them derives the greatest pleasure from manipulating the distinctive, squelching sounds of the Roland TB-303.


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  • journik850

    come back to Spotify soon! [2] Can't come soon enough. I'm lost without Hydroponic Garden at night.

    18 Dec 4:25pm Reply
  • COJIww

    come back to Spotify soon!

    18 Dec 3:53pm Reply
  • What-

    MOS 6581 is the best song in the universe. [4]

    9 Dec 7:07pm Reply
  • COJIww

    right where it

    5 Dec 4:54am Reply
  • faith_no_more_

    @magus-aquarius - great news. Can't wait to see this film.

    27 Nov 2:40pm Reply
  • magus-aquarius

    Refuge. The film is "a suspense-thriller about a family struggling to survive in the wake of a great catastrophic event... the film is about never feeling at ease, always trying to find refuge and seeking refuge" ... promotional material informs us that "Refuge will be screening at festivals this Spring through the Fall (2014) and will be coming to Europe for screenings. And beyond that it will be available theatrically and for download, but it will pass through the festival circuit first".

    16 Nov 3:04pm Reply
  • kutox1

    The first 4 tracks on Interloper are incredible

    10 Nov 11:03pm Reply
  • sickdex

    Help me to find the movie "Refuge". Haven't got a clue, where to find it. Is it too obvious? [2]

    10 Nov 10:30am Reply
  • Dream_EA

    Cosmic music

    8 Nov 7:23pm Reply
  • tarkmeenia

    Help me to find the movie "Refuge". Haven't got a clue, where to find it. Is it too obvious?

    6 Nov 10:20pm Reply
  • AlbinoPikachu13

    MOS 6581 is the best song in the universe. [3]

    6 Nov 1:33am Reply

    "Sometimes there is nothing better than listening to CBLF while working in AutoCAD". Funny, that's exactly what I'm doing now.

    2 Nov 6:29pm Reply
  • mynameisGYUI

    new Interview

    30 Oct 8:20pm Reply
  • isitbeer30yet

    Sometimes there is nothing better than listening to CBLF while working in AutoCAD. Central Plains is fantastic.

    28 Oct 2:02pm Reply
  • Dream-core

    Their music should be the anthem of future human beings.

    13 Oct 7:38pm Reply
  • noblesoldiers

    MOS 6581 is the best song in the universe. [2]

    11 Oct 8:08am Reply
  • shephard_advis

    Thanks for this feeling of infinite consciousness

    3 Oct 1:18pm Reply
  • Nersey

    amazing guys

    24 Sep 3:08pm Reply
  • RainSpiritCM

    They should've put the work of this guys in the Voyager. This music sometimes is like the expression of life on earth!

    18 Sep 11:52pm Reply
  • journik850

    I will love your music for ever. thank you guys for helping me to overcome life troubles with such easiness. full respect. [2] Amen. I've listened to a lot of Space ambient and while there are great artists nothing quite resonates with me like the sound Carbon Based Lifeforms provides. World of Sleepers is an all time great.

    13 Sep 1:50am Reply
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